Auto Systems and Repair: Steering Rack Replacement
To replace the steering rack, the steering shaft and steering tie rod ends must be removed (power steering lines must be removed if the vehicle is equipped with power steering). Hardware securing the steering rack to the chassis is removed, and the steering rack is removed from the vehicle. After the new steering rack is installed, the wheel alignment will need to be checked and adjustments made if necessary.
The steering rack boots must remain intact to prevent debris from entering the steering rack. This prevents premature wear of the steering rack and ensures steering precision.
The fluid level in a power steering system should not require topping up. If the fluid level requires topping up, this is a sign of a leak that needs to be investigated. If the power steering system is allowed to operate with a low fluid level, damage may occur.